Finding reasonable doubt in a domestic violence case

May 7, 2019

There is always a defense in domestic violence cases in Washington, D.C.

Difference between domestic violence and simple assault in D.C.

domestic violence graffiti

A specific crime (e.g., simple assault) should not be confused with a general category of crimes (e.g., domestic violence).

A Farewell to Tolo

April 25, 2019

We were not the first tourists to visit the village of Tolo. But we were the first foreign family to spend a significant amount of time there — almost a year in 1972 followed by multiple summers. And… Read More

Can I expunge a criminal record for simple assault?

April 12, 2019

A criminal record for simple assault in D.C. can be sealed either immediately on the grounds of actual innocence or after two years in the interests of justice.  A conviction for simple assault can be sealed after eight years…. Read More

On finding out people have been plagiarizing this website

April 7, 2019

My website is making its comeback on Google. But I am troubled to find that people have been plagiarizing the site — in one case, whole paragraphs were lifted from my site and reproduced on someone else’s.

Will I have a criminal record after being arrested for prostitution in D.C.?

D.C. criminal defense lawyer

Everyone who has been arrested for a criminal offense in Washington, D.C. has some type of criminal record.  This would include being arrested for prostitution/sexual solicitation. 

Patience. Not drama.

April 4, 2019
D.C. criminal defense lawyer

At a recent trial, I called my client’s mother as our only witness.  I regretted this almost immediately. We had interviewed her. We had subpoenaed her. We had prepared her. And I should have left her sitting in the hall outside the courtroom as I rested my case.

How long does it take to seal/expunge a criminal record?

April 1, 2019
expunging a criminal record

The process after filing normally takes four to six months after filing in D.C. This includes a 60-day period for the government to respond.

Can you seal/expunge a felony?

March 30, 2019
expunge felony in dc

The first option for sealing a felony arrest in D.C. would be to file a motion immediately on the grounds of actual innocence under D.C. Code § 16-802.  The second option would be to wait two years to file it under D.C. Code § 16-803. 

What happens when a criminal record is expunged or sealed?

March 29, 2019
expunged dc criminal record

The court will typically order all relevant prosecuting offices, law enforcement agencies, and pretrial, corrections or community supervision agencies to remove all publicly available records that the person was arrested, charged and/or convicted in the case.